Serene Russell fell in love on the eighth season of Bachelor in Paradise during the summer of 2022. From the very first day on the beach, Brandon Jones caught Serene’s eye, and they connected almost immediately. Throughout their weeks in Paradise, Brandon and Serene continued to strengthen their bond and love for each other.
After spending the night in the fantasy suite on part one of the finale, Serene and Brandon are likely headed toward an engagement. Viewers will get to see if Serene gets the proposal she’s been dreaming of on the Nov. 22 finale. Learn more about Serene below.
1. What Happened To Serene On ‘The Bachelor’?
Serene was a contestant on season 26 of The Bachelor with Clayton Echard. During her time on the show, Serene was extremely vulnerable. She opened up to Clayton about deaths of those close to her that she had recently experienced. She also discussed what her life was like being raised by a single mother.
Serene got one-on-one dates during week 5 and week 7. On her second one-on-one, she told Clayton she was falling in love with him, and he chose her as one of four women to take on hometown dates. Serene introduced Clayton to her family. Unfortunately, his connections with the other three women were stronger, and he eliminated Serene after that date.
2. What Does Serene Do For A Living?
Before becoming a reality star, Serene worked as an elementary school teacher in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, according to her LinkedIn. She was employed from June 2020 until Sept. 2022, so she appears to not have returned for the school year after Paradise.
3. Where Did Serene Go To College?
Serene attended the University of Central Oklahoma. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority during her time at school. During her college years, Serene often posted sorority photos on her Instagram page. She graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Media.
4. Serene Is Also A model
Serene is now a full time professional model. She has been employed by the Tabb Agency since Dec. 2014, so her modeling career dates back quite some time. Her Instagram page features several professional modeling photos, mixed in with her more candid everyday pics. The bio reveals that she is represented by Wilhelmina Models, as well. She’s done swimwear shoots as well as more high-fashion shoots throughout her modeling career.
5. Serene Is A Cat Mom
Serene has a pet cat who she named Leonardo DiCATprio. The black cat pops up on her Instagram feed every once in a while.